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Industry Trends & Events . . .
U.S. Aero Research Requires Revamping

U.S. Aero Research Requires Revamping NASA's flight research is not advanced enough, with progress inhibited by the inability to bring as many projects into the flight test stage as it did in the past. That's the conclusion of the Aeronautics and Space Engineering Board of the U.S. National Academies. Without greater testing, U.S. aeronautics cannot advance and make new discoveries — jeopardizing the nation's aerospace preeminence. Reasons for the moribund developments include insufficient strategic planning and micro-management at NASA Headquarters. The board recommends forming strong teams with other agencies, industry, universities, and international organizations and designating the Dryden Flight Research Center as NASA's lead flight test center.

Couplings Designed for Defense

Stäubli Corporation
Laser Marking and Cutting Systems
from Epilog

Epilog Laser Corp.

Couplings Designed for Defense Applications Highest quality couplings (including thermal management) for a large variety of applications such as unmanned aerial Vehicles (UAVs), military ships, submarines, and armored vehicles. In the areas of aerospace and defense Stäubli was awarded and maintains: AQAP 2110 NATO quality requirements. Visit us here to learn more.

Laser Marking and Cutting Systems from Epilog Permanently mark a variety of materials with barcodes, serial numbers, and more with a laser engraving and cutting system from Epilog. Epilog's powerful, user-friendly systems make it easy to meet all your marking demands. Get laser samples and information here!

Epilog can help you:
•  Improve ID processes
•  Strengthen quality control and traceability

Achieve Peak Performance with SolidWorks
Dassault Systémes SolidWorks Corp.
Moxtek UV and Infrared Polarizers

Achieve Peak Performance with SolidWorks Achieve Peak Performance with SolidWorks

The U.S. federal government, agencies and military use Dassault Systémes SolidWorks® software to quickly design strategic defense equipment, arms, vehicles, and vessels. Customers include Howe and Howe Technologies, who increased innovation in extreme vehicle design using SolidWorks products. Learn more.

Moxtek UV and Infrared Polarizers ProFlux® Ultraviolet polarizers from Moxtek deliver contrast and transmission as far into the UV spectrum as 240 nm, and are used in spectroscopy, security, UV exposure and curing, and more.

Moxtek's new Infrared polarizers on Silicon substrates are used in applications from the 3 µm to the 15 µm wavelength range.

Reliable Solutions . . .
230 V Fully Ruggedized 1.5KVA UPS MIL-Std-901D-A
Powerstar Inc.

230 V Fully Ruggedized 1.5KVA UPS MIL-Std-901D-A Powerstar Inc. since 1993. PS6000rmi-1-A-h 1.5KVA 1000 W UPS. 1000's of units in service as PS6000 120 V aboard U.S. Navy, now 220-240 V. Same great reliability. Same extreme ruggedness. 15 in. D Stainless Chassis. 450 W@ 30 minutes runtime. Built to MIL-STD-901D-A MIL-STD-167. Runs Powerchute™. Remote temperature humidity reporting. Conformal coating. High performance 10 year batteries.

Materials . . .
'Wooden' Armor Stronger Than Kevlar

'Wooden' Armor Stronger Than Kevlar Not since the era of "Old Ironsides" (the U.S.S. Constitution in the War of 1812) has wood been touted for armor. Now the U.S. Forest Service is piloting the production of cellulose nanocrystals from wood by-products. These CNCs can be stronger and stiffer than Kevlar or carbon fibers. Incorporating the crystals into composites makes the resulting material even stronger and lighter — with potential for incorporation into armor and ballistic glass.

Nanotubes Improve Cooling Suit Efficiency

Nanotubes Improve Cooling Suit Efficiency NanoTex has developed a mesh material having high thermal conductivity for liquid cooling suits used by astronauts, firefighters, and soldiers — significantly improving heat removal. Previous spandex/nylon meshes that held the liquid cooling tubes are not inherently conductive. By adding carbon nanotubes to the mesh and tube material, drop-in substitute components with high thermal efficiency were created.

Communications & Surveillance . . .
Boston Subways Test Bio-attack Sensors

Boston Subways Test Bio-attack Sensors The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has begun a series of tests in Boston subway stations designed to detect a biological terrorist attack. Dead bacteria are released in stations to evaluate sensor detection and response to a potential incident. The tests are carried out in early morning hours when the system is closed to the public, and the bacteria are no longer airborne by the time the system opens for riders.

Metamaterials Investigated for High-power
RF Use

Metamaterials Investigated for High-power RF Use The U.S. Air Force Office of Scientific Research is seeing whether metamaterials can be used in high-power radio frequency applications. Metamaterials are a periodic array of sub-wavelength structures that can produce an electromagnetic response not usually found in nature (i.e. backward wave propagation, negative refractive index). The goal of the investigation is significant reduction in the size of microwave sources and components.

RF Signal Generators, Microwave Signal

Akon, Inc.
Magnetic Shielding that Works

The MuShield Company, Inc.

RF Signal Generators, Microwave Signal Generators  AKON is a leading manufacturer of RF/microwave components and subsystems for military, space, and commercial applications. Akon's line of products includes high reliability custom integrated microwave assemblies, DIFM receivers, microwave receiver front-ends, RF switching matrices, RF signal generators, custom LO assemblies, frequency converters, RF switches, RF attenuators, and microwave amplifiers.

Magnetic Shielding that Works The MuShield Company can solve all of your EMI Shielding needs. Whether it be a small piece part or large enclosure, MuShield will work with you each step of the way to ensure complete satisfaction.

Check out our GlobalSpec profile or contact one of MuShield's talented sales staff today, for more information!

MIL-STD Environmental, EMI, EMC, Testing

E-Labs, Inc.
Work Instruction Software for Highly
Regulated Industries

Sequence Software

MIL-STD Environmental, EMI, EMC, Testing Our environmental exposure testing can simulate and control most climatic conditions. Electromagnetic interference and electromagnetic compatibility testing is required for devices, systems, and applications within the military and aerospace industries. Our reference standards are tested to MIL-STD-461 A, B, C, D, E, and F.

Work Instruction Software for Highly Regulated Industries Sequence Enterprise gives companies the ability to easily author, revise, and electronically deploy version controlled, visual work instructions.

Unlike Word or Excel, the Sequence authoring interface is designed specifically to handle the structured information found in manufacturing and allows rapid incorporation of various media. ERP integration allows BOM synchronization and complete traceability.

Electric/Electronic Components . . .
Army Vehicle Digital Backbone Debuts

Army Vehicle Digital Backbone Debuts Curtiss-Wright Controls Defense Solutions recently announced its oddly-named Digital Beachhead designed to simplify military vehicle electronic architectures (and declutter vehicle cabins). Basically, a gigabit Ethernet network switch and low-power vehicle management computer are used to eliminate redundancies in as many as five vehicle systems, which now have their own GPS systems (and antennae) — eliminating logistics, interoperability, and maintenance "nightmares."

Gyro, IMU Market Set for Growth

Gyro, IMU Market Set for Growth Yole Développement has updated its 2008 report on the gyroscope and inertial measurement unit market, which notes the segment (stable in 2011) is set for "dynamic" growth. That prediction is predicated on new defense and aerospace projects in the Mid-East, Asia, and Brazil along with new applications — stemming from technology developments such as continuing advancements in MEMS IMUs.

Design & Assembly . . .
Undersea Robots Offer Efficient Security

Undersea Robots Offer Efficient Security Applications The growing numbers of unmanned underwater vehicles offer an efficient way of accomplishing military, security, and naval operation tasks — including reconnaissance, surveillance, and locating mines and other ordnance. For example, the Festo AquaPeguin is investigating energy-efficient hydrodynamic body design and motion found in nature. The vehicle uses sonar for communication, navigation, and orientation.

Software Stabilizes Unmanned Seacraft

Software Stabilizes Unmanned Seacraft NASA's Jet Propulsion Lab has come up with POSTMAN software, which allows small, unmanned boats to navigate in severe sea states. The code combines the sailing skill of "tack planning" with PID (proportional-integral-derivative) control methods — resulting in closed-loop path planning. The controller is able to adapt to sensed wave characteristics to avoid having the bow dive into an oncoming wave.

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Aviation Thru-bore Slip Ring

Electro-Miniatures Corporation
Pyroid® HT Pyrolytic Graphite Thermal Spreaders
MINTEQ® International Inc, Pyrogenics Group

Aviation Thru-bore Slip Ring The thru-bore required for this aircraft slip ring left a tiny cross section for slip ring components. This unit contains signal, power and digital data circuits, and it operates at the low temperatures found at high altitudes. What are your special requirements? Tell us at

Pyroid® HT Pyrolytic Graphite Thermal Spreaders Pyrogenics, a COTS price performance leader in thermal management materials, introduces Pyroid® HT. Available in sheets or shapes, Pyroid® HT heat spreader material offers 4x (1700 W/m°K) conductivity of copper at only 25% of the weight!

Pyroid® HT provides an economical footprint with better performance for all thermal applications.

Tantalum Enclosures for Heat and
Radiation Shielding

The MuShield Company, Inc.
Shielded EMI Flexible Conduits "COTS"

Americor Electronics, Ltd.

Tantalum Enclosures for Heat and Radiation Shielding Custom Enclosures for aerospace and defense applications. Special qualities of Tantalum include: corrosion resistance, thermal conductivity, high melting point: 5425° F (2996° C), "Getter" characteristics (absorbs surrounding gases and vapors extremely well at elevated temperatures) and "Valve Action". MuShield has the capability to hydroform, spin, draw, form, weld, and anneal Tantalum products.

Shielded EMI Flexible Conduits 'COTS' Cost-effective dBzSHIELD: MIL-SPEC alternative for EMI/RFIC.

•  Isolates signal and power cables from influencing or being influenced by other components and systems
•  Jacketed bronze or steel flexible core
•  Government/Defense/OEM/Industrial applications

Americor offers stocking/consignment programs, Kanban, just-in-time, and specializes in custom designed solutions

Industry Standards . . .
Evaluating System Safety Compliance

Standard Covers Military-grade Fiber
Optic Cabling

Evaluating System Safety Compliance The system safety practice as defined in MIL-STD-882, available now from IHS, conforms to the procedures in DoD Reg. 5000.2-R and provides a consistent means of evaluating identified risks. Risk must be identified, evaluated, and mitigated to a level acceptable (as defined by the system user or customer) to the appropriate authority.

For more information on IHS standards, visit us here.

Standard Covers Military-grade Fiber Optic Cabling Part 6 of the MIL-STD-1678 standard practice document, available now from IHS, provides detailed commonality and standardization requirements of fiber optic parts and support equipment for platforms that use cable harnesses as the means to transport data through optical fiber among communication network devices and end user equipment.

For more information on IHS standards, visit us here.

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October 8, 2012 - Volume 5 Issue 18
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